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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-18-2007, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Woe is me.

I went out for about 25 miles yesterday, and although i've been watching my tires closely for the last month, and i've known i need to get them changed before summer, after riding yesterday its moved up my list of things to do... into the # 1 slot.

My rear tire is shot. it probably should have been done about 500 miles ago. had i not ridden so much in the winter/early spring i wouldnt be having this problem right now (i was going to have new tires put on after my birthday, may 14).

I dont have 3 and a half ben franklins to drop on new front and backs and have the shop do it, do i have any other options? my front tire looks to be doing just fine, prolly has at least 1000 miles left on it, its my rear that is DANGEROUSLY low on tread. How hard would it be to find a slightly used tire or one that has some decent millage on it to keep me on the road for another month while the weather gets better, and how hard is it (and would you recommend) changing a tire on your own, for the first time.
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I went out for about 25 miles yesterday, and although i've been watching my tires closely for the last month, and i've known i need to get them changed before summer, after riding yesterday its moved up my list of things to do... into the # 1 slot.

My rear tire is shot. it probably should have been done about 500 miles ago. had i not ridden so much in the winter/early spring i wouldnt be having this problem right now (i was going to have new tires put on after my birthday, may 14).

I dont have 3 and a half ben franklins to drop on new front and backs and have the shop do it, do i have any other options? my front tire looks to be doing just fine, prolly has at least 1000 miles left on it, its my rear that is DANGEROUSLY low on tread. How hard would it be to find a slightly used tire or one that has some decent millage on it to keep me on the road for another month while the weather gets better, and how hard is it (and would you recommend) changing a tire on your own, for the first time.
The tire changing deal is a pain in the ass. Might as well have the shop do it

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I've got time, what i dont have is $...


first paycheck down the drain, i guess.
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c'mon g-man i know you have some info you're dying to lay on me...
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Ok... well here's your options...

Used tires... ok... maybe some race take offs? Check ebay. But be carefull. Sometimes they have been thru too many heat cycles and are most pretty hard.

Second... price check the local shops. don't be afraid to check those cruiser shops. The best and cheapest place to swap tires at my old condo was at a total cruiser shop. As long as it has high speed balancing.

Get either a MC jack or front & rear stands. Take the rims off the bike yourself. Its a good learning expierence and will save you $15 - $20 at least per wheel on the tire swap.

Then you take your new or used tires to the chosen shop with your old ass worn out tire/rims. Have them swapped!

These other guys around here buying tires now.. might be able to steer you into a suitable website for cheap NEW tires as well.

So how much DO YOU HAVE to spend on this? Do you have access to jack or stands?




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if you have the right equipment it takes minutes to do, but you have to have stands or you can use ratcheting tie downs and rope your bike up to the rafters. Getting the olde tire off the bead is a real pain and most bike shops have a special device to make it easy. Too bad you don't live around Manitoba Canada, cause then you could just give your wheels to me and I'd change them for a mere 6 beers.

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First if you're looking for Pilot Powers...look http://www.sportbiketrackgear.com They've got them for $239 for the SET!


Now...def. take the wheels off yourself. Like Gas said it'll save you a ton of money. Call some places and see what they charge for the mount and balance.



If you can't afford the set right now....PM Rickmancc...he's got race take offs he's selling dirt cheap. That'll get you through the time being.



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damn. i've no access to a jack and havent gotten stands yet. damn damn damn.

well imma start shoppin around, i guess. maybe i can sell some blood/sperm. or maybe i can rob a bank.
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Ok... well here's your options...

Used tires... ok... maybe some race take offs? Check ebay. But be carefull. Sometimes they have been thru too many heat cycles and are most pretty hard.

Second... price check the local shops. don't be afraid to check those cruiser shops. The best and cheapest place to swap tires at my old condo was at a total cruiser shop. As long as it has high speed balancing.

Get either a MC jack or front & rear stands. Take the rims off the bike yourself. Its a good learning expierence and will save you $15 - $20 at least per wheel on the tire swap.

Then you take your new or used tires to the chosen shop with your old ass worn out tire/rims. Have them swapped!

These other guys around here buying tires now.. might be able to steer you into a suitable website for cheap NEW tires as well.

So how much DO YOU HAVE to spend on this? Do you have access to jack or stands?
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damn. i've no access to a jack and havent gotten stands yet. damn damn damn.

well imma start shoppin around, i guess. maybe i can sell some blood/sperm. or maybe i can rob a bank.
You'll spend more buying stands than you will paying the shop to change the tires out. Remember this, a motorcycle only has TWO tires, do you really want to risk one of them to go bad? Either put it on a credit card, or don't ride till you have the money.

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eh, i'll have the money soon enough.
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too bad you didn't say something this past weekend...I just sold those old dunslips that I had...

they prob had about 1000 or so miles left on them.

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damn. i've no access to a jack and havent gotten stands yet. damn damn damn.

well imma start shoppin around, i guess. maybe i can sell some blood/sperm. or maybe i can rob a bank.
Everyone should have stands...or at the very least a rear stand. You shoulda jumped on that group buy.



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Capt is right.. for this ONE time! But you can get Handy Stands Front & Rear for $100.




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Hey Bro if you have a cycle gear there in your town sometime when they change out tires some of there used ones still have good tread. Check with them it might save you some money.

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I never understand the reluctance of folks to learn to do basic service....most shops in this area charge 65-85 bucks to do a tire change; thats 130-170 bucks just to put the damn things on....whereas with a couple tire irons,an old C-clamp, a car spare tire,rim lube and a little practice you can do your own tire changes in about an hour for free!

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Yeah OTB.. but for me... I'm going there for the high speed balance anyway...




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Yeah OTB.. but for me... I'm going there for the high speed balance anyway...
Fine...but the local shops charge $5 to HS balance......

Some folks just have more money than good sense.
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You'll spend more buying stands than you will paying the shop to change the tires out. Remember this, a motorcycle only has TWO tires, do you really want to risk one of them to go bad? Either put it on a credit card, or don't ride till you have the money.
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I'll never forget the flat tire I got 50 miles from nowhere up in Ontario...on a Sunday. I plugged it, but it was a larger hole, and the plug started to pop out when I refilled it. I HAD to take the wheel off, break the bead, patch the INSIDE of the tire, and then remount it or I'd still be sitting by the side of the road waiting for help....once you've done it and seen how easy it is, you'll never pay somebody else that kind of money....and you'll never ride without a proper patch kit/tool kit.

Some folks just have more money than good sense.
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I Have a DMP rearstand and only cost me abot 80 bucks new

Who needs tools i got zip ties & electrical tape
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